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MIDCONTINENTAL REGION

Community Engagement Coordinator

Community Engagement Coordinator 
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR)
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

Job Description

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has embarked on a 3-year pilot program with the NIH All of Us Research Program to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the NNLM, including developing community based participatory programming for geographic areas. This includes engaging participants and other interested parties in management of their personal health data, leveraging the public library as a convener for local All of Us partners and stakeholders, and assessing the impact of libraries on participant retention in the All of Us program. Activities will be tailored to the community’s needs. They include culturally and linguistically appropriate programming, training community members and organizations to reach out to their populations, creation of tools and resources for persons of disabilities, inclusion of training and resources in bookmobiles, and partnerships with minority-serving institutions and community based organizations for outreach to underserved populations. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the All of Us Community Engagement activities in the MidContinental Region of the NNLM.

About the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

The NNLM MCR is a program funded by a 5-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine. The mission of the NNLM is to “is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.” The NNLM MCR is headquartered at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, based at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The program of the NNLM MCR is carried out in collaboration with 5 partner libraries each located in one of the states comprising the region (CO, KS, MO, NE, WY).
 

 About the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library serves University of Utah Health, the Intermountain West's only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library also serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.

About The University of Utah

The University of Utah Health is known for cutting-edge research, particularly in genetics and biomedical informatics. Its Center for Clinical & Translational Science was refunded by the NIH in 2013. Health services research, personalized health care, population health and innovation are new key research areas. The University of Utah is located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, world class skiing and snowboarding, are abundant. Cultural venues include the Salt Lake Symphony, Ballet West, Sundance Film Festival, theaters and more.
 

Affirmative Action Commitment

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research, and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The Health Sciences Center seeks faculty and staff who are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that are integral to our mission.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah is fully committed to affirmative action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, and employment. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with a disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and status as a protected veteran. The University seeks to provide equal access for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations. Evidence of practices not consistent with these policies should be reported to: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD).

Salary and Benefits

Based on experience, starting at $60,000 minimum annually. This is a full time, temporary, non-tenure track faculty position. Funding for the position will end April 30, 2021. Rank is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate.  The Community Engagement Coordinator reports to the Associate Director of the NNLM MidContinental Region. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/CREFretirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: See https://www.hr.utah.edu/benefits/ for a full list of benefits.
 

Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to the planning and implementation of the national All of Us Community Engagement program.
  2. Identify and implement geographic areas of focus in consultation with the All of Us Research Program. (2/year for a total of 6 areas by year 3)
  3. Identify community health and health information needs in the geographic focus areas.
  4. Facilitate collaborations among community agencies, including the public library, to improve community health through access to health information.
  5. Develop effective, innovative, replicable and sustainable models that address identified health information needs.
  6. Collaborate with regional counterparts, the National Network Coordinating Office, and All of Us to develop national standards for community engagement efforts.
  7. Work with the financial analyst to develop and monitor the annual budget.
  8. Provide reports to the NLM and the All of Us Research Program on challenges, lessons learned, gaps, and impact of library involvement.
  9. Report on the community engagement efforts in scholarly publications and at professional association meetings.

Qualifications

Required

  1. MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree (e.g., MPH, MSN, MS in Health Education).
  2. Demonstrated success managing projects involving diverse individuals, departments, or organizations.
  3. Experience with health information programming or community health education.
  4. Familiarity with NLM resources and services.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as web-based applications.
  7. Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at time of employment.
  8. Sense of humor.
  9. Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-130.html).

Preferred

  1. Experience working with public libraries or with public library staff.
  2. Experience working with community organizations.
  3. Familiarity with All of Research Program.
  4. Familiarity with Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement goal.

Additional Information

Questions about this position should be directed to Claire Hamasu, Associate Director chamasu@RML4.utah.edu (801)587-3412. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, names and contacts for 3 professional references via e-mail to Claire Hamasu, Associate Director.
Review of candidates began on October 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Other Opportunities

Check the NNLM Employment Opportunities page for other openings at NNLM.